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Low-Fat Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

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These Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies are moist and made light by swapping out most of the butter for applesauce which works great!

These Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies are moist and made light by swapping out most of the butter for applesauce which works great!
Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Chewy and moist, these oatmeal cookies are fabulous and loaded with chocolate chips in every bite! Perfect for your holiday baking, Santa will thank you for them! You may also like these breakfast oatmeal cookies which are more of a snack than a dessert.

These Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies are moist and made light by swapping out most of the butter for applesauce which works great!

Don’t you hate when you make a low fat cookie recipe, only to be disappointed? These became a favorite in my home from the first time I made them. Try them first as is, then have fun coming up with variations.

I came across this recipe years ago on Baking Bites and it’s now a regular in my cookie jar! For variations, try swapping out the chocolate chips for raisins or walnuts!

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Tips

Because these use less better, it’s crucial not to over-bake them if you want them chewy. The applesauce makes them moist, but if overcooked they will become dry so if you’re not sure if your oven runs hot it’s probably best to take them out a minute or two earlier.

Once they come out of the oven, transfer them to a wire rack so they cool completely before storing.

I made the serving size 2 cookies, because I can bet you won’t eat just one!

These Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies are moist and made light by swapping out most of the butter for applesauce which works great!These Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies are moist and made light by swapping out most of the butter for applesauce which works great! These Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies are moist and made light by swapping out most of the butter for applesauce which works great!These Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies are moist and made light by swapping out most of the butter for applesauce which works great!

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Low Fat Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

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These Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies are moist and made light by swapping out most of the butter for applesauce which works great!
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
These Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies are moist and made light by swapping out most of the butter for applesauce which works great!
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Yield: 15 servings
Serving Size: 2 cookies


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unpacked brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips, I use Lily's sugar free


  • Preheat oven to 350°F; line two baking sheets with parchment paper or use a silpat.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
  • In a large bowl, with a mixer, cream together the butter and the sugars on medium speed.
  • Add the egg, followed by the applesauce and vanilla extract.
  • Working by hand, stir in the flour mixture and the oats until just combined and no streaks of flour remain; stir in the chocolate chips.
  • Drop heaping tablespoonfuls (approx 1 tbsp each) of the dough onto prepared baking sheets, flattening each cookie slightly (I forgot to do this).
  • Bake for about 10-12 minutes, or until cookies become light brown at the edges.
  • Let cool on baking sheet for 3 or 4 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container so you don't eat them all in one sitting!

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Makes about 30 cookies roughly 1 tbsp each.
Splenda Lovers: Substitute all the brown sugar with 1/4 cup Splenda brown sugar blend, and all the white sugar for 1/4 cup Splenda sugar blend. Points remain the same.


Serving: 2 cookies, Calories: 190 kcal, Carbohydrates: 34.2 g, Protein: 2.6 g, Fat: 6.3 g, Fiber: 2 g, Sugar: 19.3 g


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357 comments on “Low-Fat Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies”

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    Florence Morrier

    My favorite cookies! Can’t even tell they are low-fat. If eat these over any other regular cookie. AMAZING. Sometimes I swap the butter for coconut oil and it’s just as good.

  2. Good low fat alternative but verrrrry sweet when you use raisins instead of chocolate chips. Next time I’ll try reducing the sugar a bit. Also a little tricky to bake. In my oven, it took a bit longer than the 12 minutes, and I had to keep a close eye to catch them between underdone & overdone.

  3. Absolutely DELICIOUS! I just made these. They are crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. The only thing i did different was 1 tsp of vanilla opposed to 1/2 tsp. They took me about 20 minutes to make. Thank you for a delicious cookie recipe! To be honest i never used to like oatmeal cookies but these are the bomb!

  4. These cookies are OUTSTANDING! They are chewy and delicious and I never would have known they are low fat if I didn’t make them myself. What a fantastic sweet treat! Thank you, Gina!

  5. I’ve never left a recipe review before and I was compelled to do so today after making these delicious cookies. I was looking for a low-fat cookie to conquer my cookie cravings while managing macros and I stumbled upon your recipe. I made them as-is, no adjustments and I may have discovered my all-time favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe! You cannot even tell applesauce was in the mix – these are ridiculous (drooling).

  6. These are the best cookies. I can’t even remember how many times I have made them. The hard part is not eating too many of them.

  7. Excellent!!!! I have to do gluten free. So I used gluten free oats and gluten free flour. I am also dairy free and did not have any unsalted dairy free butter, so I used vegan becel. This is now my new favorite cookie recipe!!!!

  8. I’m a chocoholic when it comes to cookies, so I added about 3 T. cocoa powder. Dreamy! I like the chewy texture. For me, 10 minutes is all they should be baked to keep them from drying out.

  9. I love this recipe and have made it several times as stated. I also love swapping the chocolate chips for raisins. I soak them in warm water to plump them first. This time I ran out of brown sugar and used coconut sugar and it worked great. I often double the cinnamon. 

  10. Liked the minimal amount of ingredients in this recipe as well as a healthier (less butter/sugar) oatmeal cookie option. However, although the flavor of my batter was good and moist my cookies came out dry and a little crumbly. They are still ok but not like the chewy, indulgent homemade cookies I was hoping for. I would recommend doubling the amount of butter or a mixture of butter and applesauce.

  11. This is my absolute favourite cookie recipe. I make them every week. I double the cinnamon as I love that extra taste. Sooo good!

  12. These were easy to make and delicious. I omitted the vanilla and used peach flavoured apple sauce. SOO GOOD!!!

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    Tarah DiGiovanni

    Is there a quick way to figure my WW personal points for this recipe? Everyone in my family loved these cookies, by the way. Definitely a keeper!

    1. I just added the link… btw I use lilys chocolate which is sugar free. Its higher in pts with reg choc.

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        Carla Scalici

        If you were to use monk fruit sugar the points would be less correct? I saw you mentioned if you swapped with Splenda the points remained the same?

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    Elaine Andersen

    Why is Splenda half the amount of sugar? I thought that Spenda is used with the same volume as sugar.

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      Elaine Andersen

      I made these using the same amount of Splenda as the recipe called for regular sugar. Then I used brown sugar. They came out great.

    1. Thank you! As I couldn’t find the applesauce I cooked an apple with water, cinnamon and a little sugar and I also cut half white sugar as for our taste and they were perfectly sweet. They turned out delicious! All the family enjoyed them!!

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    Janice Kovach

    I am obsessed with these cookies.  I freeze them after a day or 2 so they won’t get stale and I won’t eat them up.  You can eat them right out of the freezer or warm them up.  They are a healthier alternative to chocolate chip cookies.  I pulse old fashioned pats in the food processor 5 or  6 times to make them “quick oats” texture 

  16. I’m not sure what the person did to make them dry-they are moist and even better the next few days-loved them

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    I made these cookies today for the fist time and they are delicious. I love the cinnamon taste when you bite into them. So glad I saw these on your site.

  18. What can I use as an egg substitute? More applesauce? A banana? Greek yogurt? Thanks my little one has an egg allergy. Thanks, Renee

  19. Made these today and got 23 cookies out of it. 
    They are good, the taste is very very close to a regular full fat oatmeal cookie, BUT be aware they are much dryer. 
    i’m pretty sure they won’t be any good by tomorrow, probably stale by tomorrow. 
    But they do hit the spot and i would make it again. 

  20. Amazing cookies!!!  The kids loved them. I will be making this over and over again. I even added some protein powder and a little more apple sauce to offset. Substituted the chocolate chips for walnuts. 

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      Eleanor Schron

      Please tell me if I can use Old fashioned oats in place of instant.  How are instant oats sold?  Thank you.

  21. I use flax eggs for my cookies now. I rarely use eggs so I was throwing out more than I use so this is a good substitute. I hope to try this one soon.

  22. These hit the spot! I would probably decrease the sugars a bit next time, just for my own liking. But overall, yummy!

  23. For anyone curious, I used pumpkin and gluten free flour and these came out really good. I also only used half the amount of each sugar and they are very sweet. The only issue was that it took at least twice as much pumpkin (I used a very wet brand as well, so I know it wasn’t a moisture issue). I test baked and they were too mealy, so I let the dough sit in the fridge overnight and they are perfect now! It helped the oats absorb the moisture. So for anyone looking for a delicious fall treat, I recommend the pumpkin, just double the amount.

  24. I just made these, but with a carrot version.  I finely grated carrots- about 3/4 cup and sprinkled them with 2tbs of the white sugar to let them get “juicy”. They came out absolutely moist and fantastic. Thank you for all or your well thought and delicious recipes ❤️

  25. These are absolutely delicious!! Thank you! I made a few adaptations – I cut the sugar in half (to 1/4 C of each) and found that they were still perfectly sweet. I also subbed one T of the butter for a T of canola oil. And lastly, I used raisins (plumped in boiling water and then drained beforehand) instead of chocolate chips because my husband prefers them.

    The texture and everything is great!!! They are perfect with a cup of milk or tea – or even as breakfast cookies!

    Thank you, Gina, for another great recipe!!

  26. We were excited to try these. Unfortunately, we found them to be very dry – not at all “moist or chewy” like described. Still searching for that ultimate low-calorie cookie.

  27. One of the best cookies I’ve ever eaten. I refrigerated the mix for a few minutes, which helped hold it together a little more. I will make these over and over again

  28. This was so good! I added raisins and only put about 5 semi-sweet chocolate chips per cookie (I made 18 cookies total) to cut down on fat but keep the chocolate richness. I also used old fashioned oats bc that’s what I had.  They were just as good as the recipe with a stick and a half of butter! 

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    Megan O'Leary-Barrett

    These were awesome. We are dairy free so used Earth Balance with no problem. Was out of granulated sugar so just used brown and coconut sugars. Soft, chewy, not to sweet – yum!

  30. I am going to try to these today. I’m trying to make them more WW friendly so I’m going to substitute the brown sugar for Swerve and the sugar with monkfruit. I’m swapping the 2 Tablespoons of butter with apple butter and I halved the amount of chips. Hopefully they come out yummy. They will be one point a cookie. Any thoughts ? I’m super new to this 

  31. Great recipe but made some substitutions based on what I had on hand:

    applesauce for 65g mashed banana (about half a large banana)
    ALL sugar for 1 cup of granular sweetener + 1tbsp light molasses
    +1-2tbsp water

    turned out really great and will be making them again 🙂

  32. Made these with my kids and they were a hit. Great flavor and even my husband with his sweet tooth enjoyed them! They were very quick and easy to make. Would absolutely make again. Thanks!

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    susan hightower

    I will try without chocolate chips for WW. I calculated it is 3 points per cookie without chocolate chips. Which is how I prefer them 🙂

  34. These are amazing and have become the only cookie I make now.  Can you make the dough in advance and refrigerate?

  35. These were delicious! I didn’t have applesauce, so subbed regular yogurt and they came out perfectly. I can’t wait to make them again with raisins. Thanks for a great recipe!

  36. Delish! We did the recipe as printed but left out the cinnamon. I am not a fan of cinnamon. We also got less cookies than what we were supposed to but I didn’t tell my daughter to try to make the cookies smaller. We need to get a smaller scoop.
    We had to use old fashioned oats and they were perfect. The bigger oats give a feeling that there are nuts in the cookies without the extra fat!
    I am going to try doing them next time without the chocolate chips and do raisins and add a little coconut. Tiff’s Treats has the best oatmeal raisin cookies and they omit cinnamon and add coconut. So I will give that a try and see if I can come close. 🙂

    Great recipe for those on Weight Watchers. Thank you for including our points.

  37. Made some modifications since I didn’t had all the ingredients on hand. Instead of using butter I used coconut oil. I only had sweetened apple sauce so I halved the white sugar, left the brown sugar to the same amount. It came out amazing!!!! I loved it! Also, I used old fashioned oats and if you I would definitely recommend pulse them a bit on the food processor. I also used a cookie scooper to scoop them out and j got 26 balls. Try them, you won’t regret making them.

  38. Amazing.. my 1 year old loves the cookies also and I feel better knowing it’s a little more healthier that normal!  Thank u!!

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    Kathi Hissong

    These cookies are so good that they have topped the chocolate chip cookie! According to my son, they are his new favorite! These cookies are chewy with good flavor. Thank you, SkinnyTaste, for another family favorite.

  40. I added 1 tablespoon on brewers yeast and 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed to make these double as lactation boosting cookies too…. amazing! But I have to remind the rest of the family to actually save some for me! 

  41. Any suggestions for adapting this recipe for baking at a higher altitude so the cookies still stay soft? Thanks!

  42. Skinny taste thank you for your easy  healthy fall one
    pot soups and stews. 
    I am back in my kitchen after a long hiatus.
    Plus, to my surprise I look great 👍 in my Holiday outfit.
    Both WW’s blue plan and  my newly discovered
    Skinny taste recipes are winners!!! So am I!!!
    Again thank you 😊. 

  43. Are quick oats the same as Old-Fashioned Oats? I’m excited to make these but just a little confused about the oats. Thanks!

  44. I will say one thing more in addendum to my previous comment. I did NOT get 30 cookies out of this recipe. I got 14, and that was using heaping TBSPs as the recipe says. Any less and they would have been really small. So I would adjust the serving size to be 1 cookie rather than 2, since the recipe only made about half of what it was purported to make.

  45. I made these this morning. They were DELICIOUS! I followed the recipe exactly. I did not change a thing. I baked them for 12 minutes and they were perfect consistency. Best thing was that I had all the ingredients on hand. Thank you for this recipe. These may be my favorite cookies now!

  46. This by far the best cookie recipe ever!  So much so that I have had to make a fresh batch every night this week.  I have added 1/2 cup dried cranberries. Delicious!

  47. I made these cookies this morning with the chocolate chips.  Just enough sweetness for us.  AAA++++

  48. Just made this for my hubby who’s on a low fat diet. I baked them for 11 min, and they were amazing!! (I used my own homemade apple sauce which I have to say is way better than store bought ) The only thing is, I thought that for low fat they would be less calories…at 95 calories each, still seems high to me. Otherwise, amazing!.

  49. These cookies are excellent! Takes a short time to make from start to finish, and the cookie is delicious. I accidentally used 1/3 cup white sugar instead of 1/2 and the flavor was still on the mark. Thank you Gina! I love making your recipes!

  50. Your Recipes are so easy to follow! I made the PB2 brownies and today I did the oatmeal cookies! Thank you! 

  51. Sooo good! Just made this now. Hubby and kiddos loved it! I didn’t have apple sauce so I used plain Greek yoghurt. Turned out pretty well! Will surely make another batch. Thanks for the recipe, Gina!!! 

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  53. These were amazing! I subbed half the white sugar with sweet and low bulk sweetener. I put a couple of walnut pieces on top of each cookie before I baked them. I just ate 6 of them. Seriously delicious!!!

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  55. Just made these and they were amazing! Chewy and tasty – I added walnuts and used 1/2 cup choc. chips.

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    Great recipe! I baked for 11 minutes and found them more crunchy than chewy….but loved them! Next time I might cook for slightly less time…..

    1. If you don’t want to use it, then don’t. Everyone has their opinion on splenda…Perfect for diabetics, so keep credible please!!

  57. I'll add my praises for this delicious, nearly guilt-free treat! Serving them for dessert tomorrow night with sorbet. Oh, and the main dish is your Black Bean aD Butternut Squash Enchildas with Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice! You make eating healthy easy!

  58. I just made these and they are DELICIOUS!!! Wow! My 3 year old is begging me for another one as I'm typing this.

  59. Just got these out of the oven….delicious! Thanks for sharing! I did substitute coconut oil for the butter and used mint chocolate chips. I believe I'll be making another batch soon as I can tell they won't last long.

  60. Made these today and they were fantastic! I didn't have any apple sauce so i just blended up an apple from the fridge with a tiny splash of lemon juice. Also left out the chocolate just because I'm a weirdo and not a big fan of chocolate. They were so great! And like you stated, the possibilities are endless with add ins. Thanks so much! I know I can always turn to your site for healthy and yummy foods!

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    These are the best cookies of yours that I have tried. They look just like the picture and taste great!

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    Naurin Gilger

    These were great but too sweet for my taste. Next time I'll reduce the sugar and use whole wheat flour. Great recipe! yum.

  63. Made this cookies over the weekend, they were a big hit. Will definitely be trying to make these cookies more often. Thank you for the recipe!!!

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  65. My dad loves plain oatmeal cookies, so I used this recipe omitting the chocolate chips. The batch turned out to be 22 cookies. All were gone in one day. Even my 17-year-old sister, who hates my guts, ate a few! My dad ate about 7. A great recipe!

  66. I made these over the weekend and they were a huge hit. I'm not a big dark chocolate fan, but I went ahead and used dark chocolate chips anyhow and I really couldn't tell when I ate the cookies that they were dark chocolate chips. THANKS!

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    Rachel Davidson

    Hi Gina!
    Thanks so much for your recipes! I would love to turn this recipe into a cookie cake for my boyfriend's birthday and was wondering if you had suggestions on baking time?


  68. These are good, if anything a little too sweet. I used sugar in the raw in place of the white sugar and whole wheat flour. Used 1/2 c choc chips and 1/2 c dried cranberries. Next time will use 1/2 c brown sugar and 1/4 c raw sugar. Not bad for lowfat coookies!!

  69. Hi! Thank you so much for this recipe! I've been experimenting with low fat/fat free recipes and am so pleased to find this one!

    I made a couple additions: 1/3 C. extra oatmeal – due to misreading! I also added 1/3 C. each currants, cranberries and a few tablespoons of chopped dark chocolate chips.

    They are crispy, moist and spectacular!!!! Would it be all right if I posted the link to your recipe on my blog?


  70. I'm confused, this is listed under gluten free recipes yet it calls for all purpose flour. Doesn't that have gluten?

  71. I made these tonight and they are so good! My husband loved them… He had 4! I followed the recipe but I made 38 cookies. I entered the recipe in WW recipe builder and it came out to 2 pts+ per cookie. Delish! Thanks for a great recipe 🙂

  72. Hi, this recipe was a life-saver. I tried another first, which was soo disappointing & then turned to Skinnytaste, which is now my go-to site for all my recipes. My husband & I both loved munching these, & were especially excited that it included apple sauce – for a fibre punch! I also used my wholewheat flour – 7/8 cup (which is a 3/4 cup minus 2 T) to your 1 cup. This makes it more filling too. And all brown sugar as I dont have regular white. But cheated with some chopped up Belgian choc instead of all dark choc 🙂
    Thanks Gina!

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    Alissa McAvenia

    my tablespoon dropper only made 18 cookies gina. can you help me out with the points please?

    1. For the first time ever, I got exactly the number of cookies specified in the recipe!!!  I didn’t think my husband would like them since previously he didn’t like some of the cookie/cake/ bread recipes I made from this site.  But, he ate one when they came out of the oven.  So I mentioned to him later that there was oatmeal and a gram of fiber in each cookie.  He said “great I had 3 of them “!  As long as they have those dark chocolate chips!!!!!

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    I have made these twice so I can vouch for how good they are. Taste tested and approved by hubby, and he asked me to make them again. I am thinking they would be great with some P2B powder added? Maybe would need to increase liquid a little if you do. Any suggestions on best way to do that?

  75. Best cookies EVER! My whole family is totally addicted to them. Most cookie recipes call for a stick or more of butter, but these work fabulously with only 2 tbsp! Yay for healthier treats that taste just as delish! The applesauce also adds such a great flavor. I usually end up with 18 pretty good sized cookies and bake them for approx. 20 minutes on parchment paper. They come out of the oven a little spongy (which worried me the first time I made them), but I found that if you transfer them to a cooling rack while still on the parchment, they'll hold together better after a few minutes of sitting and still stay chewy on the inside 🙂

  76. Wow! What an awesome treat! I've been thinking about ditching store bought work treats like granola bars and decided to try these. Plus I just started WW and i still NEED chocolate. These turned out so grand and it will serve me well over my afternoon tea break! These just may be TOO good to share!

  77. I've been searching for an oatmeal cookie recipe to make with butterscotch chips in them. Must try this ASAP! Your recipes are amazing 🙂

  78. I wanted you to know these are the BEST COOKIES EVER(according to my husband and son)!! I have made these countless times,and they turnout chewy and delicious every time! This last time I made them, I didn't have any stick butter, so I used Brummel and Brown yogurt butter (2 TBLS)… they tasted the same, or maybe better with half the fat of stick butter! And I only cook mine for 7 minutes… nice and chewy, even better the next day! Thanks for this recipe 🙂

  79. These were awesome! I used semi sweet chips as thats what I had onhand. I also used the old fashioned oats worked just fine! A great recipe even if your not on Weight Watchers!

  80. Hi Gina, these was the first time I ever baked cookies, and they were perfect !! I am fan of your recipes. No matter how much how much I look around, I always come back to your recipes. I am new to baking and you are my inspiration 🙂

  81. Hi Gina! Thank you for the recipe,so excited to try it for my son but I need to ask you the following:
    What can I substitute the apple sauce with? since I can't find it where I live
    What I can substitute the baking soda with?

  82. Made these tonight, awesome cookies. I used whole wheat flour and for the walnuts, I used half walnuts and half slivered almonds. DELISH! Thanks Gina.

  83. So…I know that there have been about a million posts on these, but I can't help it because they came out so amazing. Nothing is ever low cal/ low fat enough for me, so…I subsituted Land of Lakes 50% less fat/calories butter, 2 tbls nectresse instead of white sugar (kept the brown sugar to maintain flavor/ texture), 3/4 cup whole wheat flour & 1/4 cup ground flax in place of A/P, and 1/4 cup egg substitute. I also like 70% cacao bittersweet Scharffenberger baking chunks.108 calories, 4g fat per 2 cookies. I am going to add protein powder next time, which will up the calories a litte, but then I can call them protein bars!!!

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    Maria Borrelli

    Fantastic cookie! I've made them twice in one week.
    My spin: Brummel & Brown "butter" and Egg Beaters.
    They turn out perfect.
    Thanks ST.

  85. Hi Gina,
    Just wanted to say the recipe for the cookies are delicious and easy to make. I started making them with mashed bananas and they are even more delicious. I make these at lease once a week so GOOD!!

    1. How did you use the mashed bananas? I would love to do that but don’t know what to sub them for or how many to add…?!

  86. These turned out so good! My husband loved them almost as much as i did 😉 thanks for all of your great recipes!

  87. Made these tonight and they are delicious! Used semi-sweet chocolate chips, though. Thanks for another great recipe.

  88. LOVE LOVE LOVE these cookies, made them last night and enjoyed them guilt free. Seriously Your site has been a lifesaver 🙂

  89. These cookies are delicious! I've made them twice already and absolutely love them! Even my 20 year old son can't tell that they're low fat! I have loved every recipe I have tried off your website so far. Thank you so much for your amazing low fat recipes, you have forever changed how I cook. 🙂

  90. I just baked a batch and they're amazing!! I can't imagine making a regular version when this low fat version is tastier than any other recipe I've tried! I was a little skeptical when dropping them onto baking sheet since it seemed a little too dry but after they came out of the oven, they were chewy and soft. I'm not sure that they'll last till tomorrow! Everyone LOVED them!

  91. My son has an egg allergy – is there an easy substitute for egg for this recipe? I sometimes use applesauce — but i see that there is already applesauce in it. Any suggestions?

  92. Just made these and I had some quick cooking steel cut oats (1 cup ) that I used in addition to the regular oats (1 cup ) and they are so VERY GOOD. Love them. Thanks for the recipe.

  93. Gina- Excellent recipe! I baked it tonight and loved it. I didn't have pepitas so I sprinkled brown sugar over top instead.

  94. these are awesome!! I used oil instead of butter, and i added some dark cocoa powder, so they are chocolate chocolate chip. yum!!

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    love to cook!

    Sounds good. Toll house has dark choc. Chips. Great. Gina, can we freeze them raw and bake as needed. I usually do that with regular chocolate chips so I can make a few at a time.

  96. Great Recipe! Thank you! I modified it a bit by using about 1/3 cup wheat bran and 2/3 cup of flour! Instead of brown and white sugar, I used a total of 1/2 cup of clover honey. Yummy!

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    It Is What It Is

    Somehow I missed these the first time around. When the oatmeal cookies I made last week failed (by my standards. Never use the recipe on the generic oatmeal carton), I scanned your site to see what you had (and, dare I say that that other recipe called for 1 cup of butter!!!!).

    At any rate, I followed the recipe exactly except the only apple sauce I had was a peach/apple medley which I figured would be OK. And, it was and they are, by far, my favorite oatmeal chocolate chip cookie EVER!

    Thank you! I posted the pic to my FB wall with the comment "The ONLY oatmeal cookies I will ever make again" and the comments asking for the recipe are already coming in 🙂

  98. Subbed white flour for whole wheat and choc chips for 1/2 cup toffee bits (midway through prep realized we were out if chips)! These are incredibly chewy and moist. Can't wait to have one with a cup if coffee in the morning!

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    Christine Trebendis

    Hi Gina. Thanks for this terrific recipe. I made these this morning and can't believe how great they are with only 2 Tablespoons of butter. My recipe that I have used in the past uses 2 sticks (16 Tablespoons)…big difference. I did not use a mixer, I just stirred it together. I used less chocolate chips and added raisins and craisins to make up 3/4 cup. Delish!

    1. Made these today to take to afternoon school carpool on a rainy, dreary day. Perked everyone up! Fabulous cookies.

  100. Thanks! My three year old helped me make these today. We used whole wheat flour and subbed cornstarch for the baking powder – they turned out yummy!

  101. So So good!! So moist and chewy and delicious!! The cinnamon and chocolate combination in this cookie makes it absolutely divine…

  102. Amazing and chewy. I used the non-dairy chocolate chips and I used old fashioned oats. So delicious, so tasty!!! I love them!!!

  103. Good recipe! I'm not a huge fan of cinnamon, so I think I'll use less or none at all when I make them next, but overall they're wonderful! I didn't have any quick cooking oatmeal, so I just blended some old fashioned in a food processor for a few seconds and they came out perfectly! Thanks again!

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    Christina from CT

    Hi Gina! Another amazing recipe!! My family goes nuts when I make them. I just have to tell you that instead of 1 cup all-purpose flour, I use 1 cup wheat flour and they come out just as good if not better. Plus it makes them even healthier! PS I put 1/2 cup dark choc. chips & 1/2 cup raisins and they are do delicious!!

  105. My heaping tablespoons were even bigger, got only 12 cookies!
    I followed the recipe exactly, only baked a little longer since mine were way bigger, the result was sooo delicious! Thanks for this great recipe!

  106. These are amazing! I have made them 5 different times and everyone loves them. I do reduce the amount of sugar a little, and only use 1/2 cup DARK chocolate chips. LOVE THEM! THANK YOU

  107. Slightly modified these with dried blueberries for the chocolate chips. Also traded one more tbsp butter for one less tbsp applesauce since the blueberries don't have any fat. Used 50/50 white and wheat flour cause that's what I had. Only got 25 cookies, but plugged my changes into the recipe builder and only 3 points per cookie! Thanks for a great recipe. 🙂

  108. My wife and I baked these cookies for the first time about a month ago; they didn't even last 1 week! They are delicious and very chewy, even the next day! We followed recipe almost exactly except that we left out the cinnamon, and used milk chocolate chips instead, still equally delicious!

  109. These are truly delicious. I normally don't love oatmeal cookies but my husband does. These can convert even me!

  110. Amazing! My 4 year old twins , husband and myself ate the whole batch.. I used half stevia/sugar mix for the white sugar

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    Sara with an H

    STILL love these cookies! My 2 year old helped me with them today and spilled half of the oats on the counter! I added enough to compensate as best as I could. A-OK with me 🙂 I never get 30 cookies – usually 24, but I still love them! 😀

  112. Great recipe! I used white wheat flour and ghee (clarified butter) instead of the all purpose flour and regular butter and they turned out wonderfully. I might try a bit less sugar next time because I don't have much of a sweet tooth (don't tell my boyfriend).

    I have to say I love your blog. I'm not on WW or anything like that, I just find that many recipes and meals are loaded with unnecessary fat, sugar, salt. I personally try to follow ayurvedic principles when cooking and eating and have found your blog very helpful. I think your blog is likely informative to a diverse range of eating styles many of which have the similar goal of eating more a nutrient dense diet.

  113. Just made these today and they turned out great!! I modified the recipe just a little bit– used white whole-wheat flour, used 2 T. peanut butter instead of butter and used 1 T. truvia instead of white sugar. They made delicious cookies, my kids loved them! Thanks for a yummy recipe : )

  114. I'm eating these cookies as I write this review. These are delicious! I halved the recipe (because I was short on oats), used all whole wheat flour and all brown sugar. I used a tablespoon to spoon these out and made 19 (so 38 for a full recipe) which makes every 2 cookie serving only 4 points. 🙂 Thanks!

  115. I love these cookies! Thank you so much! Makes me feel healthy while I still get to eat my sweets 🙂

  116. these cookies were amazing! i made them into about 16 large ones – they were extremely delicious and chewy. i can't wait to make them again!

  117. I don't know how they'll taste when they get out of the oven (as they are baking right now), but man that dough was good!! I didn't have applesauce on hand so i just went ahead and smashed up an overripe banana and that seems to have worked. Thanks for the scrumptious recipe!

  118. Gina, I love your recipes but I am not a fan of butter. I like to stay away from it which is why I try not to have any in the fridge. Is there something else that would work instead of butter?

    What do you think about adding flax seed to it? I try to add it to baked foods for more nutrition.


  119. These were delish! I didn't have the chocolate chips but added crushed walnuts and raisins how much do you think that effected the points plus if any?

    Thank you

  120. So Good! Taste just like the Kashi dark oatmeal cookies i buy. Now i can make them myself. I didn't use the white sugar. Instead i substituted it for about 5 packets of stevia. Also substituted the all purpose flour for a mixture of all-purpose, whole wheat, and milled flaxseed that added up to a cup. Still came out chewy and sweet. Tna ks.

  121. Second recipe made from this site (first was the carrot cake YUM). I used Porridge Oats which is a combination of oat flakes, wheat bran, oat bran, and flaxseed instead of the oatmeal and reduced the chocolate chips slightly and threw in 1/3 cup of dried cranberries. I used heaping TBSP's (eyeballed it) and got 16 big cookies. Baked them for 11 mins and took them out when I thought they were underbaked slightly.

    They were perfect and the two that I have left are still moist. I had one today before my work out and still as moist and tasty as they were when I baked them Friday. This recipe is a keeper. I did want to use Agave syrup rather the sugars asked for but was afraid it would make the ingredients too wet?

    Anyhow a very tasty, healthy low fat treat which everyone loved.

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    Heart Shaped Stone

    Holy Moley! I used half chocolate chips and half butterscotch and I am BLOWN AWAY!!!! They are sooo good! Definitely a new staple in my baking!! THANK YOU!

  123. I had two macintosh apples that were getting old so I made them into applesauce myself (on the stove), and ended up with about 3/4 cup. Not wanting to waste it, I threw it all in (and skipped the cinnamon)… in nearly 30 years of baking, these are the BEST cookies I've ever made! Thank you!

  124. FANTASTIC!!! I made these on Monday and they were gone in two days. I omitted the cinnamon since I'm not a fan. Thank you so much for this blog, Gina, I've made a lot of your recipes and they are all delicious!

  125. Made these today using 1/2 quick oats and 1/2 old-fashioned oats, because I ran out of quick oats. I also used raisins in place of chocolate chips. They are delicious! My husband couldn't believe they are low fat. Thank you, Gina, for all the effort you put into your recipes.

  126. Just made these and they are amazing!!!
    Used half of the sugar (1/4 cup white and 1/4 cup brown) and still deliciously sweet!
    LOVE your website Gina!

  127. Gina, just made these – they are amazing. I made some changes and ran it through recipe builder.

    sub 1 medium really ripe banana for applesauce
    sub TJ's 100gm 72% dark choc bar chopped (approx 3/4 cup)
    ADD 2/3 cup mini marshmallows! I was thinking s'mores. Not sure how the marshmallow will be once they cool but slightly cooled from the oven they are awesome!

    Also, at 1 heaping Tbsp (pampered chef small scoop) I got 50 cookies.
    2 for 3 PointsPlus!! 🙂

  128. Unbelievable! All the men inhaled these while watching the Giants game Sunday. They're amazing! I used Stevia versus Splenda and I'm making them again this weekend! They're amazing!

  129. I made these on 4 days ago, and they are still chewy! I made them with pumpkin instead of applesauce, and added extra pumpkin spice to bring out the flavor. They are absolutely delicious! This is an excellent recipe, and I will be making ones with raisins soon-Thanks Gina!

  130. Made these using a banana instead of the apple sauce because that's all I had in the house. They are soooo good and very filling! Fiance and his mates loved them, and his friends didn't even know they were healthy! Thanks!

  131. On the recommendation of a pro cycling friend of mine who sent me the recipe, I followed some of her mods and added my own (credit to Joanne Kiesanowski, Team Tibco To The Top):
    Gluten-Free option-
    Bob's Red Mill All Purpose Gluten-free Flour instead of flour
    Bob's Red Mill double acting baking powder vice the baking powder
    Bob's Red Mill Xanthan Gum, 1 tsp
    Old fashioned or large flake oats 1 cup
    Coach's Steel Cut Oats 1 cup
    High quality dark chocolate chips or raisins
    Convection oven at 325F for 15 minutes

    I can promise that these are among the best gluten free cookies around!


  132. All I have on hand is cinnamon applesauce. Would that work? Should I use the cinnamon applesauce and just omit the 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon? Would it change the nutrition information at all?

  133. Recipe worked perfect for me. I've made about ten batches since first finding the recipe too. I add the egg then cream together with the sugar/butter mixture for about a half a minute, then I add the applesauce and vanilla and cream some more. I've never had a problem and even when over baked they still are softer than most other cookies. Thanks a lot for the recipe

  134. These didn't turn out. I even under baked them and they turned out hard and stale like. DON'T use apple sauce… it doesn't do the trick with cookies!

  135. These were super yummy! I had to make some adjustments because I only had cinnamon applesauce and old fashioned oats on hand. I decided to use them anyway and using just a pinch of ground cinnamon and the cookies still turned out great! Well done, Gina!

  136. I just made these and substituted the flour for more oatmeal and oil for applesauce and they turned out great and taste amazing… crunchy with a slightly chewy middle perfect for the kids lunches. Also your regular chocolate chip cookies are amazing amazing amazing!!

  137. Just made these. They are AWESOME!!!! Didn't have the chocolate chips that the recipe called for but did have mini ones. Used a melon ball scoop to make the cookies. When plugged in to recipe builder on WW the cookies were only 1 pt each because they are smaller and I was able to get 48 cookies from one batch.

  138. I modified these pretty heavily, but they still turned out great! I substituted 1/4 c chia gel in place of the egg, used coconut oil instead of butter, halved the sugar, used whole wheat flour, added a teaspoon of cocoa powder, and an extra 2 Tbs of applesauce. I meant to try adding some flaxseed flour, but totally forgot, I guess I'll try that next time! Thanks for such an amazing springboard, looking forward to trying some other recipes on this site! Keep up the great work, Gina!

  139. My family loves these and I've made them with lots of different add ins. Just wondering if there was any way to add some peanut butter and if they'd still turn out. Not too worried about pts. any suggestions?

  140. So incredible! My entire family is loving these. I used raisins instead of chocolate because of allergies. I will be making these for years to come. Thank you!

  141. I made these this evening and used almond butter instead of the butter which really reduces the saturated fat. Also, I used non fat greek yogurt instead of the applesauce. They turned out great- moist and chewy!

  142. I want to make these so bad right now but i have no apple sauce…what could i use to replace the apple sauce?? please help!

  143. Hard to believe these only have 2 Tbsp of butter in them! They are beyond good! Low fat cookies usually are a disappointment but not these. Do you think that I could substitute almond butter for the butter? Might be fun to try.

  144. these are AMAZING! lovelovelove! oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are my absolute favorite and now that i'm on a diet, it's hard to find cookies i enjoy but these definitely filled my sugar cravings…thanks so much for sharing!

  145. Yum Yum Yummy! I made these this evening and used whole wheat pastry flour and replaced the regular sugar with agave. I don't do Weight Watchers so I don't understand the points but just know the recipes are healthy and delicious. Since I used agave, I felt it was okay to sneak another half of a cookie. 🙂 Excellent with a hot cup of herbal green tea.

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    Gina @ Skinnytaste

    You'll have to use recipe builder to see the difference, but I'm guessing it would be the same.

  147. Hello Gina,

    I was wondering how many points will the cookies be if I use raisins or craisins instead of chocolate chips. I really don't like chocolate and I love oatmeal raisin cookies.

    Thanks in advance for answering my questions.


  148. THE BEST! I make these a lot for my kids and they absolutely love them. My husband, who frowns at anything he knows to be "low fat," loves them too. Problem with these is controlling how many you eat! They freeze well too, though I only end up doing that when I double batch it because they disappear so fast. Sooooo good. Going to make some today and toss in some zucchini since I have lots on hand.


  149. Thanks for another great recipe, Gina! I made these awesome cookies yesterday! I made them using old fashioned oats and pumpkin instead of apple sauce. They are soooo tasty and my husband has no idea that there is pumpkin in them! You can't taste it at all! 😉

  150. Just made these last night, and they're awesome!
    I used 1/2 cup dark choc. chips and 1/2 cup of raisins and they came out great. They are very soft (almost a cakey consistency, which I prefer). Thanks for the recipe!

  151. How many calories would this be if you don't add chocolate chips? Also, how many would it be if you replace the chocolate chips with raisins?

  152. You must try this recipe! These are fabulous!!! My family loved these cookies. I love to freeze cookie dough in balls to cook as needed. I am hoping these cookies work for that type of baking. ENJOY!!!

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    Now this….THIS is a good cookie! I love these cookies and so does my 21 month old toddler.

  154. These cookies are amazing!! I was shocked at how good they were!! Everyone I have shared them with raves about them 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  155. I just tried this recipe tonight and it turned out great! Chewy, soft and moist.. will definitely make again. Thanks for the recipe!

  156. Another awesome recipe! I doubled the recipe since I have 4 adults and 3 kids staying at my house for a week. Half of the cookies are already gone and it has only been one day. Maybe you should change the name of the recipe to disappearing chocolate chip cookies.

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    This recipe is beyond good for an oatmeal cookie recipe that is not a calorie bomb! I make these all the time when I'm in need of a good cookie but don't want to feel the guilt. Thanks!

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    Gina @ Skinnytaste

    It makes 15 servings. A serving size is 2 cookies. Since you made them double in size, 1 cookie is 5 points plus.

  159. i am confused about the servings. it said it made 15 cookies, so i made my cookies big enough to fit 15 on the tray — but then at the end of the recipe, it says something about 30 cookies. I made 15 cookies with the directions here. how many PPs is that then?

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    Gina @ Skinnytaste

    I'm not sure, that is what the n.i. read but if you want to double check, see what comes up in recipe builder. Perhaps because the serving is small, so the amount of sugar doesn't effect it for 2.

  161. This recipe looks fantastic! As soon as my 3 kids wake up from their nap, we're going to make them together. I've been a member of Weight Watchers for 1.5 years and I've lost 77 lbs. and just became a Lifetime member last week. I adore your site bc of your real food and real ingredients, just in a leaner version. I've made several dishes and plan to make many more. Thank you so much for everything you do on here!! 🙂

  162. I made these cookies and added grated carrots, it was fantastic! My husband devours them and keeps telling me that theres no way they can be healthy. I also threw in a little coconut, I know it adds calories but it was too good. I'm thinking I'll try zucchini next time and I also have some butterscotch chips I've been wanting to use for the batch after that… I guess you can tell I intend to keep making these cookies. I'm doing WW and I eat one at lunch and one at dinner, so great!

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      Sarah Gendron

      I used to make a zucchini chocolate chip cookie with coconut and oats that were amazing sonI say gonfofnit!

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